Something new for the Summer and of course it’s been invented down here in the south of France! I can see this becoming the rage. I can also see it being an excellent spectator sport for those who are bored on the beach… I think it’ll take a while before they’re as graceful as the inventor, don’t you? It could be well worth a few laughs.
The dolphin Flyboard
Ok, so it’s called ‘The Flyboard’ and it was invented by Franky Zapata, well known in his field as a world champion jet ski driver whose home is Marseille, France. The flyboard is a kind of costume that allows you to move in and out of the water and make leaps and pirouettes like a dolphin. Your feet are booted onto a board equipped with water thrusters and two booster rockets used as stabilizers. Attached to your wrists are two more stabilisers, and the whole is connected by a hose connected to a 100-horsepower jet ski engine on a float which sucks in water from the ocean, propelling the user high into the air.
Basically, it allows propulsion underwater and in the air. The nozzles under your feet ensure 90% of the propulsion and the hand-guided nozzles on the hands act like ski poles – they are the balance.
And apparently learning how to use it is a doddle – it’s as intuitive as walking. You only need 2 to 20 minutes to learn how to do it if you’re with an instructor and 20 minutes to 1 hour without. After a little practice, the possibilities for carrying out tricks are truly breathtaking…
Franky Zapata shows us how it’s done
The difference between the Flyboard and other ‘toys’ in this field such as the Jetlev, is that you can dive back in the water and out again. The other difference, rather an important one I think, is the price. The Jetlev costs an eye-watering £60,000 ($91,000), but the basic Flyboard model comes in at £4200 ($6397).
Well…. maybe next Christmas … if I’ve been very very good!